Nootropics–also called smart drugs and cognitive enhancers—are drugs, supplements, or other substances or treatments that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation.
These are often used to improve productivity and thus unlike other “drug use” are then not used solely for recreational purposes.
I have become impatient with my below average performance in certain mental axes.
Therefore I have begun to experiment on my reactions to certain commonly available nootropics.
I have previously avoided almost all drugs and stimulants; not even drinking coffee or tea.
So far the Nootropics which I have access to are:
The Nootropics which are legal to import or purchase in this country are limited in scope, I have the intention to acquire a certificate of permission to import more exotic Nootropic means (tDCS is not yet regulated) for research purposes from the local policing entity.
Results at present.
anodal stimulation over the left DLPFC with cathodal stimulation
over the right supra-orbital area
at maximum power of the device linked above Improved ability to focus for long enough to resolve a Yak Shaving I needed to do for my project, but also resulted in burning a hole through the skin on my forehead(!)
Prior experiments at lower settings were promising, in terms of additional time I could spend focusing, but these “productive periods” didn’t yield tangible results.
100mg Caffeine + 4mg Nicotine (gum) taken at 10:00 am while at work:
Noticeably more productive throughout workday, impressing colleagues.
Managed to make substantial progress on programming tutorial in Java (I’ve been trying, infrequently, to learn programming, anything, since 2010)
Continued dosage of 4mg Nicotine once per seven day period + A single 100mg Caffeine Pill on mornings when I feel tired for a duration of three weeks:
I ended up winning ‘Employee of the week’ award three weeks running, it’s a small company.
On third dose of nicotine, I chew the gum too vigorously, and end up having to throw up; apparently the digestive system considers it a poison.
Felt fine, if a little shaken, after throwing up and am productive that day, if less than previous dosage days.
Completed stage in the Java Programming tutorial during the third week. (results is I can see my code doing things).
Please respond with your own Nootropics experiences and anecdotes/advice
I will edit this post as I find time.